Twenty20 Mayoral Cup Cricket Match to Hit the Spot

East End Oval is the place to be this Australia Day for the inaugural Mayoral Cup Cricket Match and free BBQ lunch. 

East End Oval is the place to be this Australia Day for the inaugural Mayoral Cup Cricket Match and free BBQ lunch.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent invites the community join the celebrations that follow the formal Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Awards.  

“We will light the BBQs at 12pm ahead of the Mayor’s Eleven and the Cessnock District Cricket Association Representative team taking the field at 12.30pm”.  

“Both teams will be playing off to secure the first ever Mayoral Cup Cricket trophy and it is sure to be an exciting game with both teams evenly matched in talent and commitment”.  

“The Mayors Eleven will be captained by Nathan Stapleford, a strong all round cricketer, who has played over 100 representative games for Cessnock and named Cessnock Cricketer of the Year twice”.  

“The Cessnock District Cricket Association Representative team captained by Brett Watson will draw on electric batting stocks and creativity with the ball to excite the crowd,” Cr Pynsent said.    

Cessnock District Cricket Association President, Robert Stapleford said the Mayoral Cup cricket match will be the highest quality cricket game played in Cessnock for many a year.  

“The Cessnock District Cricket Association Representative side is made up of some of the best players in the local competition, fresh from their third place in a NSW wide competition up against a determined and strong Mayor’s Eleven”.  

“The rivalries have already started and the Mayoral Cup will be very hotly contested. If you enjoy the BIG BASH don’t miss this game,” Mr Stapleford said.  

Australia Day Celebrations include:    

  • Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards, 10am, East Cessnock Bowling Club
  • Free BBQ Lunch, 12pm, East End Oval
  • Twenty20 Mayoral Cup Cricket Match, 12.30pm, East End Oval
  • Trophy Presentation, 3:30pm, East End Oval  

The Mayoral Cup Cricket Match is an alcohol free, family-friendly event. Bring a picnic blanket, sunscreen and a smile ready to cheer on your team.  

The Cessnock City Council thanks the Cessnock District Cricket Association for their support to make this event possible.

For more information about Australia Day 2017 in Cessnock City Council visit cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/australiaday    

Team Selection  

Mayors Eleven

  • Nathan Stapleford (Captain), twice named Cessnock Cricketer of the Year, played over 100 representative games for Cessnock, strong all round cricketer.
  • Andrew Nicolai, currently playing first grade for Toronto. Left arm fast bowler, right hand top order batsman.  
  • Nathan Hudson, currently playing first grade for Toronto, also in Newcastle representative team. Opening batsman, spin bowler.  
  • Matthew Brodie, very promising under 16 wicket keeper and good batsman.
  • Jackson Redmond, currently playing for Stockton. Medium pace bowler and middle order batsman.
  • Peter Brenan, hard hitting, left handed opening batsman.
  • Chad Lewis, experienced batsman and spin bowler, played many games of representative cricket for Cessnock.
  • Jason Varoxis, opening batsman of current successful Cessnock District Cricket Association representative team that finished third in NSW knock out competition.
  • Allan Heath, left arm fast opening bowler.
  • Michael Gates, middle order batsman, spin bowler.
  • Jamie Carter, import from England. Wicket keeper and batsman.  

Cessnock District Cricket Association representative team

  • Brent Watson (Captain), will need to be creative with ball and captaincy against a strong opposition.
  • Greg Andrews, hits the ball like a cannon, best eye in the competition.
  • Drew Olsen, has returned a more complete batsman after a stint in the UK.
  • Barry Richards, hard hitting batsman, scored 172 this season.
  • Matt Hopley, Cessnock's BIG SHOW, he will have a cult following on his home ground.
  • Josh Dagg, in career best form with five fifty’s and one hundred in this current season.
  • Jason Orr, premier batsman in Cessnock District Cricket Association competition.
  • Steven Abel, pushing for the honour of best all-rounder in Cessnock District Cricket Association.  
  • Robbie Sidebottom, best bowler in Cessnock District Cricket Association, will test out the Mayor's Eleven top batsman.  
  • Matt Tomlinson, Bellbirds favourite son, who has the ability to rip through sides with ball in hand.  
  • Cameron Ross, best spinner Cessnock District Cricket Association has produced in many years, also a capable batsman.
​12 January 2017